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Kaye & Chica

I woke up this rather chilly morning, turned over and tried to cuddle my wife and somehow managed to gently stroke the dog at the same time.

It’s always a little tricky with ‘the dog’ – a much loved 16-year-old Toy Poodle called Chica – on the bed, but that’s life full-time on the road travelling in a caravan. Almost as if I switched a light on, both wife and dog gave a little ‘groan’… sort of a ‘niiicce’… sound you know?

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Let's Go!!

Could we please stop saying we’re ‘retiring’ and resist ageist terms such as ‘grey nomads’?!

For many of us aged 60-plus, ‘retiring’ means stopping the day-to-day routine of that often dreaded four-letter word: W-O-R-K.

But are we simply giving up the daily grind or are we actively seeking the next adventure in life?

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Forever Together!

Has coronavirus and ‘work from home isolation’ changed the way husbands and wives ‘get along’ with each other? It has, and in ways nobody could have predicted.

You see, apparently the number of couples seeking marriage counselling — or worse, choosing to separate or divorce — has skyrocketed during the stay-home/isolation period.

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Strange Names My Mum Used!

“BrunOHH, did you manage to do another jobbie?” my mum often called after a visit to the toilet! She was so concerned about gut health, even back in the 1950s before it became a ‘thing’ like it is today!

It never ceases to amaze me how my now sadly departed mum Lucy always spoke so eloquently day-to-day (as women from the 1920s often did), yet somehow when it came to family, she seemed to have a few ‘shortcuts’ …

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Respect

Respect? Sadly, I fear, it seems to be a thing of the past!

I was reading a recent news story from Anzac Day back in 2020 where it was reported that during an early morning ‘Covid-19 isolation impacted’ suburban driveway remembrance service around 6am in Queensland, four teenagers had threatened a family with baseball bats and knives then forced the couple back into their home, stole their phones and their car.

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OWWWCH!...

My wife recently came up with a brilliant idea. ‘The Pain Buzzer’.

She recently had a major dental visit where stage one of the bigger procedure of a dental implant was to drill some holes and insert some ‘screw beds’ ready for insertion of three crowns. Post initial procedure she was the ultimate ‘cranky’ patient. Her jaw was constantly sore despite the medically prescribed medications.

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I Am You Are We Are The Media!

I first used this phrase “I am. You are. We are the media” on a Facebook post a few years ago by a very proactive Australian animal lib group blasting the ‘mainstream media’ for either not reporting the facts as they wanted them reported or for having what seemed to them to be an ‘anti-animal liberation’ slant in the story.

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Quick now... spell Compromise!

I live by it every day, but my kids still hate it! Whenever they have a whinge about something I say “Quick now, spell compromise!”

In fact it’s one of the very first words I learned as a kid thanks to my own dad. It really is something I’ve said to my children over the years and quite frankly, to other adults (and kids) as well when something comes up that seems to be an issue.

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Lovin' Life On The Road

After nearly 2 years full-time ‘on the road’, I woke up this morning and said to my wife Kaye - “WOW!... finally we’ve got our life back!” – She smiled that ‘knowing smile’.

Not that life in our house of almost 30 years back in Sydney was ‘bad’. We’d managed the odd holiday here and there. Paid off the mortgage some years ago. Started a few ‘personal projects’ of interest related to pets & animals generally and to be honest we were quite happy.

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Growing Up In The 50's & 60's

There's plenty of history available about 'Pirate Point' aka Stockton, Newcastle NSW!

And although the early days pre -1900 or so were probably a 'little rough'... growing up there in the 50's and 60's as a young kid was pretty amazing.

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Take This Job & SHOVE It!

The boss at a radio station where I was working was chewing my ear one day, complaining like he always did about his life, his boss, his useless sales team, his feelings of unhappiness. 

And out it popped…  I didn’t plan to say it – but once I did – it seemed so right… So very much a step forward rather than just treading water, an option to make a difference, to end the endless gripes.

“If you don’t like it…why don'cha just leave?”

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